CATS/DOGS - 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 14865
Spay/Neuter Clinic:124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY 1486
HSSC Phone: (607) 594-2255
US Mail: PO Box 427 Montour Falls, New York 14865
Founded in 1987, The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a 501c3 not for profit organization dedicated to improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County. Our mission is to eliminate pet overpopulation, prevent cruelty to animals, provide quality care for homeless animals, promote responsible pet ownership, and help the community to develop humane principles toward all animals.To address this mission we offer a low-cost spay/neuter service for the dogs and cats of eligible area residents and provide spay/neuter certificates for use at participating veterinarians.
County residents meeting income requirements and residents with feral cat populations are provided the opportunity to bring dogs and cats to the low cost spay/neuter clinics offered twice monthly. We firmly believe that spay/neuter is the most effective means of reducing the problem of pet over population.
Prior to August 1st, 2009 our efforts were focused on caring for and placing cats since there is no other organization in Schuyler County addressing this need. We also provide spay/neuter services and emergency medical funds for dogs.
On August 1st,2009 The Humane Society of Schuyler County assumed the management and operation of the Schuyler County Animal Shelter. The Schuyler County Legislature authorized a contract between the two entities in an effort to further promote collaboration between public, private, and not for profit organizations to provide a higher level of constituent services at a lower cost.
On November 24, 2014 all adoptable dogs were moved to their new home at our Montour Falls facility at 124 Marina Drive.
All inquiries regarding the adoption of dogs or cats should be directed to The Humane Society at 594-2255. Cats available for adoption and Dogs available for adoption can also be seen on this website or by visiting Petfinder.com.
We also provide pet food and shelter for animals in need, maintain a small medical emergency loan fund and provide annual free rabies clinics.
The Humane Society operates a foster network to care for homeless cats and kittens as space allows. Adoptable cats and kittens can be seen at our Cat Shelter in Montour Falls, at PetSmart in Ithaca, by calling us at 594-2255 to schedule an appointment or by looking through our listing of adoptable cats and kittens.
Dogs can be viewed online and you can also see our available dogs on Monday - Friday mornings between 8 - 10 am and Saturday mornings, between 9 and noon, at the dog shelter in Montour Falls. If that time isn't convenient, please call us to schedule an appointment.
We are funded primarily through donations, gifts, grants and fundraising efforts. We receive no county, state or government funding for our on- going operation. Nor do we receive funds from national animal welfare organizations. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation please call us at 594-2255. We’ll put your skills or your donations to good use! We hope you enjoy your visit with us. And, do check back often to see what we’re up to and how you can become a part of it!
The Humane Society of Schuyler County is a United Way Agency.
Would you like to become a member of the Humane Society of Schuyler County and help us reach our goal of improving the welfare of animals in Schuyler County and building a new shelter?
If so, please either click on the PayPal links below to join, or send us a check, payable to the Humane Society of Schuyler County, along with all of your contact information. All donations are tax deductible.
Membership Levels are as follows:
Georgie Taylor - President
Georgie has been actively involved in the Humane Society since 2002 as a Board member, Vice President and as President since 2004.
Georgie holds an MBA from the State University of New York with a concentration in marketing and graduated cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in education. She has held numerous managerial positions in sales, marketing and communications for Corning Incorporated, Digital Equipment Corporation and NCR Corporation. A resident of the Town of Montour for over 30 years, Georgie is also Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and has served as a Literacy Volunteer. In 2010 Georgie was recognized by the Watkins Montour Rotary as a Paul Harris Fellow
Georgie is a 2015 recipient of The Jefferson Award for Community Service
Susan Hunter Herbert, Vice-President
Susan Herbert and her husband, John, have been members of the Humane Society for many years. She is the Volunteer Coordinator for the HSSC. An Army “brat,” she grew up in Illinois, Texas, Germany, and, for most of her formative years, Washington, DC. She attended Eckard College in Florida and Lynchburg College in Virginia. She worked at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia for four years before moving to New York State. She worked for Cornell University for 30+ years and retired fully in 2011. She and John live in the village of Valois in the Town of Hector with their three cats and one dog.
Gita Devi, Secretary
Originally from Massachusetts, Gita moved to the area 9 years ago to work at Farm Sanctuary. An animal lover all of her life and a vegetarian/vegan for more than 30 years, she was a volunteer at the Pat Brody Shelter for Cats for over 12 years, designed their web site and was Director of Adoptions and Internet Development for The Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare (SCFAW). She also managed SCFAW's small cat shelter.
After moving here, she quickly got involved with the Humane Society, helping at spay/neuter clinics, fostering kittens, helping with events and eventually redesigned the web site, set up their Facebook page and handles Social Media mailings.
Gita received her B.A., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a major in French and minor in Spanish. She worked for Digital Equipment Corporation for 20+ years as a Business Systems Analyst and Web Designer. She has worked as a carpenter and is also a certified Yoga and Meditation teacher.
Joyce originally hails from Montrose, PA and is a 38 year resident of Schuyler Co. She attended Elmira College, Regents College and the State University of NY. She is the 5th generation of teachers in her family, and taught upper level college courses at a joint Satellite Program through Cazenovia College and Corning Community College before retiring.
Joyce has been an active member of HSSC since 2003 and has volunteered for events such as Earth Day, Bells of Christmas, Be Kind To Animals, Cans For Cats, Rabies Clinics, the Annual Rummage Sale and the Art For Animals Auction. She volunteers at our SOS spay/neuter clinics and has presented Spay/Neuter Education at local high schools. She implemented an HSSC Business Membership Drive and organizes Donation Jar placement and collection.
She also is an active volunteer of the Schuyler County Medical Reserve Corps. Joyce has volunteered at flu clinics, has had Ebola Training, Emergency Training and refreshed her First Aid Certification.
Joyce lives in Montour Falls with multiple rescue cats with special needs and a rescue dog. As if that weren’t enough, she also provides foster care for dogs, cats and kittens when needed. Her favorite things include having her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren around, reading and connecting with family, friends and schoolmates on Facebook.
She has been volunteering with HSSC for over 2 years, doing kitty care, helping at adoption events at Petsmart.
Chelsey was born and raised in Schuyler County and attended Odessa Montour Central School. She received her Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Keuka College and her Masters Degree in Social Work from Marywood University. She is currently practicing social work as a psychiatric social worker.
Chelsey is a life-long animal lover and currently has two dogs: Aspen who is a Westie and Bullet who is a German Shepherd.
Valerie Gresh moved to the area from Plymouth, MA 3 years ago where she was a board member at the Standish Humane Society in Duxbury, MA. In that position she successfully took on writing grants for spay/neuter programs, established a working relationship with Petco and ran the adoption weekends at various retail outlets in the Plymouth area in addition to "clean and cuddle" duties twice a week.
While in MA Valerie taught English as a Second Language for RSVP at a local homeless shelter, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, served meals to the homeless at a downtown Boston shelter and was a visiting lay person for her church.
It took Valerie an entire week and a half to contact HSSC once she arrived in Schuyler County. Her reason for the relocation: two perfect grandsons.
Valerie was born in Boston, MA, graduated high school in Norwalk, CT and enjoyed Philosophy and Ethics courses in college. She was an aircraft dispatcher for General Electric and Digital Equipment for 15 years, a 911 operator and police dispatcher, ran her own company working with seniors and currently works for Sallie Mae.
In her spare time she is on the Montour Falls Improvement Association, helps out at the HSSC spay/neuter clinics twice a month and co-wrote and co-presents a slide show regarding puppy mills, dog fighting kennels and hoarding that has been shown to almost all towns in the county to promote local legislation. She currently works as a Merchandiser in Ithaca and subs as a Teacher's Aide at B. C. Cate
Resident of Schuyler County since 1997. (Watkins Glen) Originally from Middletown NY. Graduated Middletown High School in 1974. Joined HSSC board in 2012. Purring and wagging felines and canines integral to life! Father of five, empty nest setting in. Lucky to have a dynamic local humane society with which to work. One term foray into local politics as a Schuyler County Legislator. Have operated local lodging establishment since 1997. Retired after 27 year of work within the NYS prison system. Hobbies; ceramics, making ice cream, learning banjo and accordion.
I was born and raised in Western New York, but I started my banking career 10 years ago in Harrisburg, PA. I fell in love with the FLX 2 short years ago while visiting a friend.
I am now settled in to the Watkins Glen branch of Chemung Canal Trust Company. After years in corporate banking, I find community banking a welcomed and refreshing change. It allows me to better serve my community.
I have always been an animal lover, having multiple members of my family being the furry 4 legged kind. I currently have a 6.5yr male old Bernese mountain dog named Corban, a 3.5yr female old German short-haired pointer named Heidi and a 6 month old male, partially blind, Great Dane named Magnus. Presently we are working on settling in to our new homestead on 50 rolling acres in Burdett.
We use a lot of the items on our wish list –– every jar of peanut butter, bottle of bleach or roll of paper towels helps to make a difference in our operating expenses.
On November 24, 2014 all of the dogs were moved from the Van Zandt Hollow Road location to our new shelter at 124 Marina Drive, Montour Falls, NY!
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